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[audio]The First Apologia - St. Justin Martyr
"Apologia" means "explanation". In this case, a Greek philosopher who converted to Christianity attempts to explain to Emperor Marcus Aurelius why Christianity is a good thing; or failing that, what Christians believe and do as opposed to what is rumored; and why it was bad for the Empire to persecute Christians just for holding Christian beliefs. The apologia is circa 147-161 A.D. If you're interested at all in history, politics, or religion, this is like a trip in a time machine.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction
Downloads: 2,823
[audio]The Compleat Angler, Chapter 1 - Izaak Walton
In the first chapter of this 17th century classic, a falconer, a hunter, and an angler discuss the merits of their sports.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction
Downloads: 1,271
[audio]Folk Tales of Napoleon - Alexander Amphiteatrov and Honore de Balzac
"Napoleonder", a Russian folk tale about Napoleon's career, and "The Napoleon of the People", a chapter from Balzac's novel The Country Doctor describing French folk beliefs about Napoleon's special powers and destiny.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction
Downloads: 3,634
[audio]Dan Gillmore We the Media Chapter 1 - Dan Melinger
We The Media Chapter 1
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction
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[audio]Of the Song of Angels - Walter Hilton
A short medieval treatise on the mystical experience of hearing angels' song, and how to distinguish true mystical experiences from false ones.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction
Downloads: 1,349
[audio]"The Nightmare" - G.K. Chesterton
A short essay by G.K. Chesterton on horror's proper place.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction
Downloads: 2,228
[audio]The Urantia Book - Various
The Urantia Book presents an integrated world view composed from the concepts and ideas of more than 2,000 individuals who have contributed to the fields of science, philosophy, religion, history, sociology and theology during the last 2,000 years. Compiled by an editorial staff of superhuman beings, the text provides a comprehensive perspective of human origins, history and destiny.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction
Downloads: 4,667 (1 review)
[audio]The Didache - Anonymous
A digest of Christian teaching from circa AD 60-100. Translated by Isaac Hall and John Napier. Excerpted from Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 7, edited by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson, American edition, 1886.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction
Downloads: 1,863
[audio]Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine: Part 2 - John Henry Newman
The final chapters of Newman's Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine.
Keywords: Audiobook - nonfiction; religion; history
Downloads: 116
[audio]"Sermon 12: On the Fast of the Tenth Month" - St. Leo the Great, Pope
This is not so much a sermon on Advent or December, as the old fast of the "Ember Days" that used to be celebrated four times a year. (Zacharias 8:19: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and great solemnities.") The December ones always fell during Advent, of course, thus contributing to the penitential and preparatory nature of the season...
Keywords: Spirituality; Audiobook - Nonfiction
Downloads: 685
[audio]IntroDevout3 - St. Francis de Sales
The classic handbook for ordinary people who want to live spiritually devout lives continues, with advice on how to resist temptations and constantly renew your commitment to loving and serving God. Continues from IntroDevout and IntroDevout2.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; Religion; spirituality
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[audio]The Imitation of Christ, Book 3, Part 2 - Thomas a Kempis
The spiritual classic continues as the voice of Christ discusses suffering and consolation with a would-be disciple. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3:Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; mysticism
Downloads: 1,433
[audio]Sermon I: On the Dormition - St. John of Damascus
A sermon on the Virgin Mary's death and assumption into Heaven by St. John of Damascus (aka St. John Damascene).
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion
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[audio]A Declaration of the Delegates of Maryland - Charles Carroll and the Delegates of Maryland
On July 6, 1776, before the Declaration of Independence had been ratified by the conventions of the colonies, Maryland declared itself independent in these words. Drafted by Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, this moving declaration displays a subtly different understanding of the grievances and rights of the people of the colonies. (Though the complaints about being treated like slaves sound ironic to modern ears.)
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; history
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[audio]We the Media - Dan Gillmor
Audio recording of the introduction to We The Media by Dan Gillmor.
Keywords: Spoken Word; Audiobook - Nonfiction
Downloads: 1,665
[audio]Treatise III: On the Lapsed - St. Cyprian of Carthage
After a period of Imperial persecution, the Bishop of Carthage writes to his flock about those people who didn't stand up to it, but readily agreed to sacrifice to the Emperor and the gods. He urges these people to repent, confess their sins, and do penance. He also denounces those who provide the lapsed with invalid forms of reconciliation with the Church or tell them that their sins aren't serious, thus endangering the souls of the lapsed...
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; history; religion
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[audio]Catechetical Lectures, Part 4 - St. Cyril of Jerusalem
It's almost Easter, and Cyril concludes his classes for those about to be received into Baptism and Communion with the Church with rousing lectures on the Last Judgement, Antichrist, the Holy Spirit, and other stuff they need to know. Now also including the last two of the Mystagogical Lectures, because there was no room at the server for them. Catechetical Lectures: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Mystagogical Lectures
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; mysticism
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[audio]Catechetical Lectures, Part 2 - St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, 300-something AD. Christians are holding classes with content the attendees are sworn not to reveal to the uninitiated. But one teacher's class lectures were written down.... More solid teaching from that quirky teacher and bishop, St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Catechetical Lectures: Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Mystagogical Lectures
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; mysticism
Downloads: 1,440
[audio]Letter to Diognetus - Mathetes
The earliest known piece of Christian apologetics, famous for its beautiful description of the relationship of Christians with the world. "Mathetes" is probably a pseudonym; it just means 'disciple'. The writer is a bit odd, as he uses arguments from the Old Testament against Greek idolatry, and then criticizes Jewish customs as if he discounted the Old Testament's inspiration. He also exhibits a touch of Greek or Manichaean distrust of the material body...
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; Religion; spirituality
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[audio]The Shepherd of Hermas, Book 2, Part 2 - Hermas
This early Christian work, a "bestseller" in its time, concludes with more rural parables about the Church and about Church members who badly need to repent. Also provides an interesting look at the most common problems and failings of early Christians living in an anti-Christian world. Book 1 Book 2: Part 1 |
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; mysticism
Downloads: 1,515
[audio]Treatise I: On the Unity of the Church - St. Cyprian of Carthage
An essay from an Early Christian bishop and martyr on the spiritual importance of unity in the Church. It stresses the importance of holding the same doctrine, but also the vital need for love and harmony within and among all Christians.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; Religion; spirituality
Downloads: 1,057
[audio]The Shepherd of Hermas, Book 2, Part 1 - Hermas
The second half of The Shepherd of Hermas consists of parables. One of the parables presents a somewhat bizarre version of the Son preexisting His Incarnation as Jesus, but nevertheless shows that early Christians were thinking about the Trinity. Book 1 Book 2: Part 2
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; mysticism
Downloads: 1,304
[audio]"Demonstration II: On Love" - Aphrahat
Thoughts on love, forgiveness, and the faithfulness of prophecy from Aphrahat (aka Aphraates), an early Christian known as "the Persian Sage".
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion
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[audio]Catechetical Lectures, Part 3 - St. Cyril of Jerusalem
St. Cyril continues to tell the catechumens, previously exposed only to the Scriptures, everything they need to know about the Church. Catechetical Lectures: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 | Mystagogical Lectures
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; mysticism
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[audio]Catechetical Lectures, Part 5 - The Mystagogical Lectures - St. Cyril of Jerusalem
In third century Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, on Easter Sunday, the candidates were baptized and received Communion for the first time. During the next week, St. Cyril taught short classes about what exactly was the meaning of these Mysteries. The Mystagogical Lectures are actual transcriptions of those classes. Great stuff both for students of religion and history. Catechetical Lectures: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion
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[audio]Letters from a Friendship: Ambrose and Sabinus - St. Ambrose of Milan
Letters from St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, to St. Sabinus, Bishop of Placentia (Piacenza). The letters speak of Paradise, book editing, bad handwriting, good doctrine, and long distance friendship. Ambrose signs off with variations on his usual farewell to friends and family: "Love me, for I love you." Ambrosius, governor of Milan, was elected bishop by acclamation of the people. He lost his civil office, was baptized, received his first communion and holy orders, and was consecrated bishop, all...
Keywords: Audiobook - nonfiction; religion; friendship
Downloads: 1,145
[audio]Jesus as a Fetus - St. Zeno
This excerpt from St. Zeno of Verona's Tractatus talks about the unborn Jesus' time in Mary's womb. (Lib. ii., Tractatus viii. et ix., Patrologia Latina Tom. 11, pp. 413-417.)
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion
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[audio]Catechetical Lectures, Part 1 - St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Transcriptions of a set of class lectures delivered, during the six weeks of Lent, by St. Cyril of Jerusalem (then bishop and patriarch of Jerusalem) to a class of candidates planning on baptism and reception into the Church at Easter. Sometime during the fourth century. At the time these lectures were being given, catechumens and candidates were not allowed to attend the entire Mass, learn many important teachings before being baptized, or disclose Church teachings to outsiders...
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; mysticism
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[audio]Commentary on Luke - St. Cyril of Alexandria
A collection of sermons on the Gospel of Luke.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion
Downloads: 453
[audio]A Dialogue of Comfort in Tribulation - St. Thomas More
This fictional dialogue about how Christians should deal with troubles and persecution is set in Hungary immediately prior to an attack by the Ottoman Empire. It was written in the Tower of London while More awaited execution for his religious beliefs. St. Thomas More was chancellor of England, a humanist philosopher, and an early science fiction writer. He was also a good husband and father, and advocate of education for women...
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion; philosophy
Downloads: 6,397
[audio]"Murray Hill Sees Mr. Chesterton" - Murray Hill
This article chronicles a reporter's attempts to secure an interview with G.K. Chesterton during his lecture tour of the US in that year. Funny stuff. Also provides a backstage peek at Chesterton's family, manager, and staff.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; history
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[audio]"The Epistle of St. Ignatius of Antioch to the Romans" - St. Ignatius of Antioch
Facing martyrdom -- okay, running toward it with open arms -- the old Syrian bishop, once a disciple of the Apostle John, still took time to write letters to the Christians in various cities. Here's the one he wrote to the Church in Rome.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; Religious
Downloads: 1,807
[audio]The First Letter of Clement - Pope St. Clement I
Not too many years after St. Paul wrote two letters to the Corinthians, the then-bishop of Rome, St. Clement, wrote them a letter also. This extremely early Christian piece of writing is full of interesting stuff about unity and the problems of Christians in Corinth, and much will be found highly relevant to Christians today.
Keywords: Audiobook - nonfiction; religion; unity
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[audio]Exhortation to Endurance, or, To the Newly Baptized - St. Clement of Alexandria
Advice from St. Clement of Alexandria to newly baptized early Christians. Surprisingly to us, he gives as much advice about good manners and healthy psyches as he does good moral behavior.
Keywords: Audiobook - nonfiction; religion
Downloads: 288
[audio]On the Holy Spirit - St. Basil the Great
A treatise on the Holy Spirit, Biblical references to the Trinity, Baptism, and the relation of all this to Christ's Church. St. Basil the Great was the brother of St. Macrina and St. Gregory of Nyssa, and a great friend of St. Gregory Nazianzen. He served as Bishop of Caesarea, where he built the Ptochoptopheion, a huge complex of buildings to serve as a hotel for friendless strangers, a hospital and clinic for the poor, and vocational training for unskilled workers...
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; Religion; Theology
Downloads: 613
[audio]The Life of St. Macrina - St. Gregory of Nyssa
A short biography of St. Macrina by her brother, St. Gregory of Nyssa. She was born about AD 330, and died in 379. Hugely intelligent, wise, and holy even by the standards of a family full of saints and theologians, St. Macrina the Younger is a fascinating figure. Readers may wish to pause after part 2 of this biography and go listen to "On the Soul and the Resurrection", a deathbed dialogue written down by St...
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; Religion; spirituality
Downloads: 1,374
[audio]The Sacrifice of the Mass, Part 1 - M. Gavin, S.J.
Audiobook of an early twentieth century catechetical book explaining the doctrine, prayers, and rubrics of the Latin Rite Mass as promulgated at that time. Most of this applies to both the 1962 Mass used today as the Extraordinary Form, and the post-Vatican II Mass used as the Ordinary Form. (It also applies, in broad outline, to earlier Latin Rite Masses and to Masses in other Rites, of course.) It is particularly interesting to see how the interpretation of certain elements of the Mass has cha...
Keywords: Audiobook - nonfiction; religion; spirituality
Downloads: 2,587
[audio]Origen on the Transfiguration - Origen
Excerpts about the Transfiguration of Christ, from Origen's Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion; mysticism
Downloads: 798
[audio]On Holy Images - St. John of Damascus
A treatise on the validity of using images as an aid to worship by St. John of Damascus (aka St. John Damascene), written while he lived under the second generation of Muslim rule in Syria. But it was also aimed at the Iconoclasts (image-breakers) who controlled the Christian Byzantine Empire at the time, and were not above killing artists. St. John not only points out that icons support the doctrine of the Incarnation -- since God made flesh becomes visible and drawable -- but also that the wri...
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion
Downloads: 2,257
[audio]Against Heresies (Book V) - St. Irenaeus of Lyons
Against Heresies concludes with a volume on the meaning of Jesus' teachings and Paul's epistles, refuting the rather farfetched readings of the Gnostics. There's plenty of interesting information on the stuff that early Christians did believe, too! Book I, Book II, Book III, and Book IV.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion
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[audio]St. Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians - St. Polycarp
Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna writes to the Church in Philippi. At their request, the subject is righteousness and righteous living. Apparently, this letter was written either shortly before or after St. Ignatius of Antioch's martyrdom, as the Philippians are anxious to read Ignatius' letters and Polycarp is anxious to hear tidings of Ignatius. Way before the Council of Nicaea, though; so listen and find out what Christianity was like towards the end of its first century!
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion
Downloads: 1,116
[audio]The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, Part 2 - St. Catherine of Siena
A dialogue between Catherine and God the Father. The second part of the book, "A Treatise on Discretion", discusses how all good things must be done with discretion, which is part of love; how Christ is like a bridge; how virtues and good works should not be done out of fear or as an end in themselves, but out of love; and how the soul should learn to love God unconditionally as a friend and adopted child, not just for God's good gifts...
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion; mysticism
Downloads: 4,650
[audio]Against Heresies (Book III) - St. Irenaeus of Lyons
He's talked about why the Gnostics are wrong about God. Now it's time for Irenaeus to talk about what the Holy Scriptures and the Holy Tradition of the Church have to say. Book I Book II Book IV Book V
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion
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[audio]The Imitation of Christ: Book 1, Part 2 - Thomas a Kempis
A spiritual classic written for those in religious life, but used for centuries by all sorts of Christians. Book 1: Part 1 | Book 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2
Keywords: mysticism; Audiobook - Nonfiction
Downloads: 1,811
[audio]An Introduction to the Devout Life, Part 2 - St. Francis de Sales
Continuation of the spiritual classic. Book III explores how to develop your character: enhancing your strengths by practicing them, adding the virtues you don't have, and countering your weaknesses and bad tendencies by learning to do better. Part 1 is at IntroDevout. Part 3 continues with Books 4 and 5.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; Religion; spirituality
Downloads: 4,658
[audio]The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp - Anon.
A description by early Christians of the death of St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (now Izmir, Turkey), in about AD 155. Includes a classic explanation of why a martyr's remains were important, and relates martyrdom to the Eucharistic liturgy.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; history; religion
Downloads: 1,159
[audio]The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena: Part 5 - St. Catherine of Siena
The fifth and final part of the book, comprised of the translator's Introduction (giving historical information), and his appendix, a letter from one of St. Catherine's associates telling about her death. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion; mysticism
Downloads: 1,764
[audio]Who Is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved? - St. Clement of Alexandria
If it's easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to be saved, what rich man will be? St. Clement of Alexandria comforts the worried and worries the comfortable in this Early Christian bestseller, which grapples with salvation, trust in God, and perseverance.
Keywords: Audiobook - nonfiction; religion
Downloads: 1,429
[audio]On the Sinful Woman - St. Ephraim of Syria
Not just another sermon on the story of the repentant woman who washed Jesus' feet. Ephrem adds his own poetic touch, making his point by elaborating on the story and adding new characters.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion
Downloads: 542
[audio]A Dialogue of Comfort in Tribulation, Part 2 - St. Thomas More
The conclusion of More's Dialogue between Anthony and Vincent.
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion; spirituality
Downloads: 1,391
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